Please take note of the above and subsequent consequences. Take careful note of the contents of the plea and understand that in these times the mods will be required by law to adhere to the regulations.On 15 March 2020, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, declared a national state of disaster in terms of Section 27(1) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 (“the Act”) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting South Africa.
The Regulations to the Act setting out the steps necessary to prevent an escalation of the disaster were gazetted on 18 March 2020, including Regulation 11(5) which deals with the publication of misinformation regarding COVID-19 or the sharing of fake news.
In terms of Regulation 11(5) any person who publishes any statement, through any medium, including social media, with the intention to deceive any other person about COVID-19; the infection status of any person; or any measure taken by the Government to address COVID-19, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment.
Be responsible in your presentation of facts in ANY topic that involves the Coronavirus and ensure that you support the facts in the post with reputable sources. Also do not just post a link or a video without adding any discussion on the content. Posts with links or embedded content only will be deleted and a warning or ban issued.
The mods will be using a similar approach as we do to moderating defamation posts.
We would like to continue to allow the Coronavirus topics, but if the level of moderation becomes excessive, we may have to review that decision.